Today NHS Wales (The Velindre Cancer Centre) held a forum with the Minister of State for Wales who has asked the NHS, patients and interested bodies to work together to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in Wales.
It's a really exciting initiative as it brings together professionals, patients and others to raise the profile of Ovarian Cancer. In the year we have committed to ensuring every GP in Wales is offered online training on the symptoms and diagnosis of ovarian cancer, they have access to the correct diagnostic tools, and that women are aware of the early signs and consult their GPs in good time.
Target Ovarian Cancer have mailed an information pack to every GP in Wales. These include information about the four charities that support women affected by ovarian cancer, the Symptoms Trackers, and links to the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month website: ocam.org.uk
The packs contain flyers to display in GP surgeries but the group recognised the limitations of flyers, and have considered how to make contact with women across Wales. We have gained the support of a number of Welsh women's groups such as Soroptomists, WI and Townswomen's Guilds who have agreed to distribute information to all their members in time for World Ovarian Cancer Day on 8 May.
Another task for the groups to discover what is already happening in Wales in terms of awareness-raising. We're aware many women are handing out BEAT symptoms cards, asking GPs to post up flyers, and giving talks. We hope to hear from anyone in Wales who is doing something and to give it the authority of a Government Initiative backed up by the NHS in Wales.
If you are doing something for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, you hand out leaflets, or give talks please get in touch. If you're interested in joining a growing number of women in Wales who are committed to raising awareness - please get in touch. Send me a PM with your contact details and I'll add you to our list of supporters.
With a bit of luck, and support from the Government, the NHS, women's groups, interest groups, and our our charities, we hope to make a difference in Wales and one that will eventually reduce the mortality of this dreaded disease.
Please get in touch if you're interested.